One of these is not like the other

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Lets see ... One of these is not like the other ....

SSDR for Windows .... really?  But wait, the Signature series is based on Linux! 6400M, 6400, 6600, 6600M internal computer Linux not Windows!

Remote apps ... Hmmm ... ios for ipad, iPhone ... again apple based = Linux.

Why no SSDR for Macbooks, Imacs, etc. All Linux based.

Very little virus worries with Linux, Apple either.

The Os's dont get broken with every update since its a solid OS.

Don't understand why SSDR is for windows only, if anything it should be for Apple only!

Maybe that's why the hdmi issue is not resolved yet with the M series, there must not be a lot of Linux developers working at flex compared to Windows stuff.

Just thinking outloud wishing I could run SSDR on my MacBook pro or Imac!

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There are a lot of answers here, but let me consolidate.

1.) There is an OS X client; dogparkSDR.
Don writes great software and his support is excellent too.  There is no need for FlexRadio to reinvent what has already been invented.

2.) There isn't a usable Linux client after all this time because no one or group has actually written one.  There have been some efforts, but they start out with enthusiasm and then interest dies out. You'd think with all the Linux open-source advocates, that there would be a usable Linux client by now, but sadly, there isn't. 

3.) FlexRadio provides a Windows client because it is the correct business decision for the company.  If we had a team of 50 programmers, there might be a Linux client, but the ham radio market share of those who exclusively use Linux is really small and it can take tens of thousands of developer hours to produce a client, so for us, there isn't a positive return on investment - the NRE cost is too high.  And then there is the cost of support for those who dabble in Linux but are not proficient, and that is a legitimate business concern too.  

4.) And the HDMI issue reported on some M models has been fixed and will be in the next release of SmartSDR.

I think that about sums it up.